History/ies of theatre IV

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Miet Warlop

Gand / Created in 2022

A concert that never stops repeating and reinventing itself... A public standing in between ecstasy and exasperation. A show-metaphor for a miniature but universal society.

ONE SONG - History/ies of Theatre IV, Miet Warlop, 2022 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


Standing in front of us, a group of musicians are alternately booed and applauded. Sitting in front of them, a mini audience changes its mind after each performance, a cheerleader keeps cheering them on, and a sportscaster provides commentary. Like a miniature society, the characters of One Song expose their desires and frustrations, rehearsing a ritual about goodbyes and new beginnings. After Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula, and Angélica Liddell, Miet Warlop is the fourth artist to take up the challenge issued by the NTGent to create a History/ies of Theatre like only she knows how. A staging of her own obsessions to help us feel the faults and ecstasies of our expectations and invites us to form a community. A creation as collective encounter which weaves together present, past, and future, with a requiem written in 2005 as cornerstone. An eternal and repetitive play, which never really ends and which this collective experience allows us to transcend.


With Simon Beeckaert, Kris Auman, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe
With the participation of Imran Alam, Stanislas Bruynseels, Judith Engelen, Flora Van Canneyt

Conception, direction and set design Miet Warlop
Music Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Text Miet Warlop with artistic advice from Jeroen Olyslaegers
Dramaturgy Giacomo Bisordi
Assistante dramaturgy Kaatje De Geest
Lights Dennis Diels
Sound Bart Van Hoydonck
Costumes Carol Piron



Production NTGent & Miet Warlop, Irene Wool vzw
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, DE SINGEL (Antwerp), Tandem Scène nationale (Arras Douai), Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La Comédie de Valence, Centre dramatique national Drôme – Ardèche, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
With the support of the Flemish Government, the City of Gent, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government
With the help of Frans Brood productions

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